New Zealand is all set to host India in the third T20I at Seddon Park in Hamilton, tomorrow. Will the Men in Blue succeed in winning their fourth consecutive T20I series?
Well, looking at the first two T20I performances, India has outplayed the hosts. The Black Caps did put up a 204 runs target in the first T20I, however, the Men in Blue chased down this mighty target in 19 overs.
In the second T20I, New Zealand decided to bat first and failed miserably in front of the Indian bowling line-up. As they could only put up 132 runs in 20 overs allotted to them. The Indian batting line-up faced no problem whatsoever and chased down the target comfortably with 15 balls spare.
After winning both the T20Is at Eden Park in Auckland, the two sides will now travel to Hamilton, where India can seal the series. The last time India faced New Zealand in the T20I at Seddon Park; the Black Caps won the match by four wickets.
Looking at the current form of the two sides, it doesn’t seem that the Black Caps will be able to bounce back in the series. Nevertheless, the Kiwis have an amazing fighting spirit and will try their best to get better of the visitors.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (WK), Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, and Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand: Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (C), Tim Seifert (WK) Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, and Scott Kuggeleijn.
Colin Munro vs Jasprit Bumrah
This is going to be an enthralling battle as one of the best pacers in the world currently will take on the in-form Kiwi opener.
In the first T20I, Colin Munro was the highest scorer for his side with 59 runs from 42 balls. The Kiwi opener, however, failed to give a good start to his team in the second T20I as he scored 26 runs off 25 balls.
Jasprit Bumrah, on the other hand, has traveled to New Zealand for the first time but that didn’t change his form. The Indian pacer gave away 31 runs for one wicket in his four overs spell in the first T20I while in the second T20I, he took one wicket for 21 runs.
The Kiwis have already stated that it’s quite hard to play Bumrah and he is the key baller for India. When such words come from the home team, one can understand the quality of bowling they are facing.
Tim Southee vs KL Rahul
In the first T20I, Tim Southee was quite expensive as he went for 48 runs without any wicket in his four overs spell. The Kiwi pacer, however, bounced back in the second T20I and picked up an early wicket of Rohit Sharma for his side. Southee took two wickets for 20 runs but there were not many runs on the scoreboard that the bowler could defend.
KL Rahul, on the other hand, is in a sensational form. The Indian opener is increasing is performance bar day by day and since he got behind the wickets, we have seen a completely different personality of him.
The Indian opener has already scored two half-centuries in the ongoing T20I series. Rahul has now scored seven half-centuries in his last 10 innings in T20s with 91 runs being his highest score.
It will be quite tough for Southee to send Rahul back to the pavilion early in the game. In case, the Kiwi bowler succeeds in his goal, then there can be a little chance of the Black Caps getting back in the series.
India will step on the pitch with only one intention of winning this series while New Zealand will give their best to keep this series alive. The Black Caps have to win their next three games to win this T20I series. Looking at the form of the Men in Blue, however, it doesn’t look like that the Kiwis will have this hope for a long time.
Seddon Park will help the batsman more than the bowlers. In the 11 T20Is played at this ground, six have been won batting first while five have been won by the chasing side. That tells us that toss won’t make much of a difference here.
The highest total in T20I recorded at this ground is 212/ 4, which was scored between New Zealand and India. While the highest chased total in T20I is 202 runs.
So, looking at the current form of the two sides and the quality of squads. Cricwizz believes that India will win this game and seal the series. This will also allow the Men in Blue to give chance to the different players in the last two T20Is.